The Demographics of the Philippines
The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands and currently has a population of around 117m with a very high density.
Approximately 25m Filipinos live below the poverty threshold, with almost half the number barely earning enough to buy even their basic food needs. According to UNICEF, 95 children die of malnutrition every day.
Access to basic medical services is very limited, especially to the poor, resulting in poor health, and maternal and infant deaths.
There are about 7m children who are sexually abused – 90% being girls.
“Cases of child sexual abuse are one of the most common issues that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has to handle after abandonment and neglect.”
A residential home for girls exposed to gender-based violence and abuse that provides counselling and ensures a comprehensive education in reputable schools to provide the girls with a greater chance of going on to higher education.
Training sessions to empower women to change the norms and behaviours, improve self-esteem, and to challenge domestic and gender-based violence.
Coaching adolescent girls to say “no” to early marriage and unhealthy/abusive relationships.
Medical services, including dental, vision, and health awareness programs.
Providing education to the community, such as English, art, and computer.
Vocational training activities to help women develop skills in producing and selling attractive items generate an income.
Parent’s retreat – Coaching and discussions on family matters, such as parenting in all its aspects, setting goals and strategies to achieve them and just managing everyday life.